CORE Foundation

CORE Foundation We work with social entrepreneurs and small organizations to help them achieve their goals and objectives. We provide counsel and resources to help individuals and organizations plan, build and execute on their vision.
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Mission: We help others be the change they want to see in the world.

Our young friends at Cornerstones Laurel Learning Center created their own socially distant Superhero Splash and Dash to...
09/04/2020

Our young friends at Cornerstones Laurel Learning Center created their own socially distant Superhero Splash and Dash today using our DIY Event Kits! They said it was the “BEST DAY OF THE SUMMER!” Thanks to USA Triathlon Foundation for helping to level the playing field and for making multi-sport available to all kids in our community.

It’s not too late to order yours for your tough ages 5-15! $40 includes an awesome Kit with custom cape, mask, medal, crafts, finish line tape, jump rope, Chick-fil-A North Point Village (1494 North Point Village... goodie, Bare Snacks, and more mailed to your home. Sibling discounts available.

Register here through September 21st.

https://corefoundation.raceentry.com/reston-superhero-splash-and-dash-virtual/race-information

Know if a child that can use a scholarship due to financial hardship? Email us at [email protected].

We love to see our partners doing great work in the community!  Restoration Church: Reston nice job cleaning up while pr...
08/25/2020

We love to see our partners doing great work in the community! Restoration Church: Reston nice job cleaning up while practicing safe social distancing protocols. #besafe #helpyourneighbor

We held our Adopt a Highway Cleanup event last night at Forest Edge Elementary School.
We had a nice turnout, and were able to clean both Becontree Lane and the surrounding school grounds for the community, while following all safety precautions!
We love our community!

08/22/2020
Matteo Runs! Conversation with Matteo

Check out this heartwarming interview Matteo Runs with Off The Charts Club and Craig Kim!

Matteo - You continue to inspire us all with your will to help your peers and kids with cancer live their best live. Tremendous work!

Who is Matteo? Matteo is a 10 year old boy who has taken it upon himself to raise awareness towards kids with various forms of cancer. Matteo has ran over 60...

08/22/2020

CORE’s superhero volunteers were busy this afternoon delivering Reston Superhero Splash and Dash DIY Event Kits and snow cones to kids local homeless shelters thanks to KONA Ice. The smiles on the faces of our young athletes and their parents were such a welcomed by our appropriately spaced volunteers in superhero costumes.

Special thanks to KONA Ice, USA Triathlon Foundation, Chick-fil-A North Point Village, and Bare Snacks. These are the BEST swag bags we’ve ever pulled together, and we hope they help kids in our community enjoy this multi-sport experience and find their super power.

The Virtual Splash and Dash begins this weekend and runs through September 21st. It is designed to keep your youth active and to be completed with "athlete's choice options" in lieu of a pool. We know that many of you do not have access to a pool at this time.

Registration is still OPEN if you would like a boredom buster event kit for your youth ages 5-15! Please note that packets moving forward will be mailed. Kits are $40 (includes shipping) and a discount is available for families with additional kids. Use code SIBLING for the second child.

Register here:
https://corefoundation.raceentry.com/reston-superhero-splash-and-dash-virtual/race-information

08/21/2020

We are sending a huge shout out to USA Triathlon Foundation for enabling us to level the playing field in Northern Virginia.

Today, CORE volunteers dressed like superheroes spent the afternoon delivering DIY Event packets to kids in local shelters. The KONA ice truck even made the day extra special by serving up Covid-safe tasty treats. The kids also enjoyed a socially distant photo with a masked Batman. We hope this introduction to multi sport helps bring out the super powers in these awesome kids.

Thank you USA Triathlon! We are thankful for the grant and your partnership!

As part of CORE’s outreach to needy kids in the community, our partners at KONA Ice will be delivering Covid-19 safe tre...
08/19/2020

As part of CORE’s outreach to needy kids in the community, our partners at KONA Ice will be delivering Covid-19 safe treats to the kids at three Shelter House shelters on Friday. Youth residents will also receive Reston Superhero Splash and Dash DIY Event Kits so they can bring out their super powers. Thanks to all who have helped bring this magical experience together for these kids. ❤️

Packet Pick-Up is THIS Saturday from 9-12 at Chick-fil-A North Point Village It’s not too late to register and break up the pandemic boredom. Kit includes a medal, finish line tape, custom cape, bandana/mask, superhero crafts, jump rope, and much more.

Register here: https://corefoundation.raceentry.com/reston-superhero-splash-and-dash-virtual/race-information

If you know of a child ages 5-15 that could use a scholarship to participate, please email [email protected]. We beleive that every child should have a chance to cross the finish line feeling like a superhero. 🦸‍♀️

Thank you to our friends at Chick-fil-A North Point Village for sponsoring packet pick-up for the Superhero Splash and D...
08/19/2020

Thank you to our friends at Chick-fil-A North Point Village for sponsoring packet pick-up for the Superhero Splash and Dash Virtual - DIY Event Kit event. Pick up your kit THIS SATURDAY and help your youth ages 5-15 beat Covid boredom and stay active! This event kit is a gift that keeps giving! And did we mention that kits will include a Chick-fil-A goody?

Packet Pick-Up will be inside. Masks required. Superhero costumes are welcome.

Register here: https://corefoundation.raceentry.com/reston-superhero-splash-and-dash-virtual/race-information

Here is a heartwarming submission from Sarah Cureton.  We think this may count as a submission for the best cheering sec...
08/01/2020

Here is a heartwarming submission from Sarah Cureton. We think this may count as a submission for the best cheering section too! Great job setting an example for your son!

Sarah says:

Why I Tri: because I have little eyes looking to me as a fitness role model...and I love that they see a Mom who makes this lifestyle a priority.
1.16 mile run (10:00 mins), rainy 12.25 mile bike (51:16) and 3.1 mile run (24:27 mins)!
Wished my first sprint tri had the swim component, was excited for that aspect, but I can’t WAIT to do it again! Thanks all!!

Athletes:  Have you checked out your virtual goody bag?   Be sure to take advantage of special discounts, offerings and ...
08/01/2020

Athletes: Have you checked out your virtual goody bag? Be sure to take advantage of special discounts, offerings and view sponsor information. CORE Sponsor, Patient First has even provided information on COVID-19 and antibody testing. Thank you to all of our sponsors who support our events and mission. Learn more here:
https://buff.ly/3jZEPwj

We’ve been inspired all day by your stories of thriving during Covid-19 through multi-sport.  Here is Maryann McNey’s su...
08/01/2020

We’ve been inspired all day by your stories of thriving during Covid-19 through multi-sport. Here is Maryann McNey’s submission!

I committed to competing in my first Sprint-Tri back in February, and had selected the Reston event as I’d heard many good things about the race, and was further drawn to the event by its’ sponsor, the RST/CORE foundation, and its’ mission to help and inspire others in our community who need a lending hand.

My inspiration for selecting a Sprint-Tri was that I’d recently lost both my mother and father within a year of each other), and feeling somewhat isolated, I was seeking a sense of community of people with like-minded interests in fitness. The Sprint-Tri also intrigued me because I was a nationally ranked swimmer in earlier years, and I had fond memories of my two biggest fans (my mother and father) supporting me through my swimming career.

From the first Meet-up I attended at this groovy little bike shop off the WO&D trail (Bike Lane) with a gathering of new/repeat competitors of all ages, I KNEW, this was something I wanted to be a part of. The RST/CORE leadership continued to have Meet-ups, seminars, shorter “fun sprint-tris”, and provide online resources for us to assist in our training.

Then in March, the COVID pandemic monster shook the world, and our level of normalcy forced us all to adjust how we conduct our daily lives. Specific to the race, with social distancing and gyms being closed, we had to get creative with our workouts and race preparation. COVID further complicated things when, after months of the RST athlete’s training, the possibility arose that the race may be cancelled!

The RST/CORE leaders didn’t let that stop the enthusiasm of folks who had participated and were planning to do the race for the first time like myself. Instead, after surveying registrants of the race, it was decided, the “race must go on …. “VIRTUALLY””.

Much like we’ve all had to adjust to a virtual workplace, the RST group continued to use social media to offer weekly Meet-ups via ZOOM (with training tips and guest speakers), created a page for folks to encourage one another, and even arranged for a well-organized RST participant goody bag pick up by race volunteers in a social distant fashion so that we could all feel the excitement as we approached race weekend! While I was fortunate enough to get a bit of swimming in before gyms closed (and most recently at my community pool) every week, I was cycling (inside on my Peloton or outside on my bike (thank you Bike Lane) and run/walking making the best of brick-training workouts.

I did my Sprint-Tri race on Thursday (as that was the only day that I could get pool time), and could not have been more humbled at how I finished. Perseverance got me through this day, and my mindset was that even though the energy of competing together in the community of athletes that have been training for this event for months had been virtual, “I WAS GOING TO KICK BUTT”, and I knew that my two biggest fans (my mother and father) were watching me from heaven!

Thank you RST and CORE Foundations for keeping the race going at a time when so many of us need that sense of community, and even though we’re competing virtually, we encouraged each other to focus on something healthy and positive!

#RST #STRONGERTOGETHER

Lisa Sechrest shared her Reston Sprint Triathlon bike finisher photo.  Way to go Lisa!   She posted:  Finished first and...
08/01/2020

Lisa Sechrest shared her Reston Sprint Triathlon bike finisher photo. Way to go Lisa!

She posted: Finished first and second legs of my virtual Tri!! My legs are tired so plan to finish the race tomorrow am rain or shine! #RSTrocks

A great inspirational submission from Lisa Hughes, 10 Star Athlete!   I'm not sure we could pick a favorite from her lis...
08/01/2020

A great inspirational submission from Lisa Hughes, 10 Star Athlete! I'm not sure we could pick a favorite from her list although #1 reminds us of our purpose. Thank you Lisa for the thoughtful list.

Top 10 Reasons I do the Reston Sprint Tri:

10 - Reston Sprint was my first Tri ever! It’s the one that got me hooked, and I’ve kept coming back for more than 10 years!
9 - It’s local - I can even ride my bike there if I want!
8 - Athletes get to enjoy the beauty and nature of Reston from a different perspective
7 - You get to swim in a nice, clean, 50m pool! My favorite leg of any tri!
6 - Everyone - from athletes, volunteers, organizers to fans - are positive and supportive. RST creates an awesome atmosphere especially for newcomers and those who aren’t so competitive, but still want to compete
5 - We get fun swag and a great after party!
4 - Gives me a good fitness goal to work towards during the winter months which helps keep me fit and healthy
3 - Getting to hang out with friends old and new- Diana Hirshfeld, Bettina Brunner, Lisa Sechrest, Marianne Moore Curren, plus so many more
2 - My amazing and supportive friend Kim Shoop! Reston uber-athlete and Tri ambassador, Kim convinced me to try my first Tri, continues to let me exercise with her, and is always supportive!
1 - I’m supporting a great cause - Cornerstones - and helping people in need in our community

Join us for the Reston Sprint Triathlon Facebook Live Finish line Celebration.  We will be broadcasting from Lake Anne P...
08/01/2020

Join us for the Reston Sprint Triathlon Facebook Live Finish line Celebration. We will be broadcasting from Lake Anne Plaza starting at noon on Sunday. Tune in to the RST Facebook site https://buff.ly/2Xh4K92 to hear award winners announced along with shout outs to sponsors, volunteers, and community partners. We will share your amazing inspirational stories too! See you there virtually!

It's #RaceWeekInReston and we have many athletes giving it their all today!   Be sure to cheer for them if you see them ...
08/01/2020

It's #RaceWeekInReston and we have many athletes giving it their all today! Be sure to cheer for them if you see them swimming, biking or running! Way to go athletes!

Here is yet another great entry from Tim Ward, RST Athlete, sharing his thoughts on "Why I Tri."  Awesome work Tim!   Ke...
08/01/2020

Here is yet another great entry from Tim Ward, RST Athlete, sharing his thoughts on "Why I Tri." Awesome work Tim! Keep inspiring!

"It was an unusual sprint this year but so grateful to the CORE Foundation for providing so many resources for the virtual race. I swam in open water which was also different. I missed all of the cheers from our wonderful community and racing with my Tri Restoration Church: Reston team. I tri because of the incredible community and the wonderful work that Cornerstones does to make a difference in the world."

Have you submitted your story, video or entry for awards?    Find more info here:https://buff.ly/2CKr0RqPost your submis...
08/01/2020

Have you submitted your story, video or entry for awards? Find more info here:
https://buff.ly/2CKr0Rq
Post your submissions in the Reston Sprint Community Group so that we are sure to see your entry! https://buff.ly/2D8Umt1 Thank you for your awesome inspirational posts! We will accept entries until 10:00 on Sunday, August 2nd.

In COVID-19 we are redefining start and finish lines while finding new ways to thrive.   Terry Drew, first time triathle...
08/01/2020

In COVID-19 we are redefining start and finish lines while finding new ways to thrive. Terry Drew, first time triathlete, is ready to race with purpose today!

She says: Great morning for a triathlon!! My first virtual triathlon, and I am sure missing my RST team and community of triathletes 🏃‍♀️🚴🏻‍♂️🏊 finding the excitement with this post!!

Enjoy your race Terry!

The RST Silent Auction is OPEN for bidding!   Any supporter, volunteer, or athlete in the CORE/RST community can bid.  S...
08/01/2020

The RST Silent Auction is OPEN for bidding! Any supporter, volunteer, or athlete in the CORE/RST community can bid. Support Cornerstones and join in the fun! Learn more here: https://buff.ly/33ggNr1 #bidwithpurpose

Good Morning RST Athletes!   Need another "Why I Tri" race bib?  We've got you covered.  Print and download one from you...
08/01/2020

Good Morning RST Athletes! Need another "Why I Tri" race bib? We've got you covered. Print and download one from your athlete goody bag and add why you tri. Check it out here: https://buff.ly/3jZEPwj Don't forget to post your photos and "Why I Tri" stories in the closed RST Community group to be eligible for awards. We can't wait to see your finisher pics, stories and videos!

Our first two DIY Superhero Splash and Dash Race Kits were delivered today to some sweet kids at the Katherine Hanley Sh...
07/31/2020

Our first two DIY Superhero Splash and Dash Race Kits were delivered today to some sweet kids at the Katherine Hanley Shelter. The kits contained a cape, finish line tape, jump rope, sidewalk chalk, superhero crafts, @baresnacks, and more!! Thanks Terry for co-leading this effort along with Allison and Brett!
If you’d like to order a kit, register here: http://corefoundation.org/event/reston-youth-superhero-splash-and-dash/?event_date=2020-08-22.
If you know of a child in need who is experiencing financial hardship please email us at [email protected].

It’s #RaceWeekInReston, and we will continue to share our “Why I Tri” stories.  Bunny Bonnes, RST Race Director shares: ...
07/30/2020

It’s #RaceWeekInReston, and we will continue to share our “Why I Tri” stories. Bunny Bonnes, RST Race Director shares:

In the Spring of 1984 my husband, Jerry, announced that he had registered for Ironman Kona inHawaii. He trained all summer, and off we went to Kona in October. His finished the event in 14 hours and 25 minutes. (The cut off time is 17 hours). I was thrilled to be asked to be a volunteer for the bike/run transition and at the finish line.
Dave Scott won the Iron Man that year, and I was
moved to tears to watch my husband and other triathletes finish this amazing race.

I was hooked on triathlon! I had worked as Food Captain for our own local race that same year. To this date since that time, I have been involved as President and Board Member of the Reston Triathlon and Race Director for the Reston Youth Triathlon, and MOST importantly the Race Director for the annual Reston Sprint Triathlon which is now in its 14th year.

I am what they call a perpetual volunteer and will be involved as long as I can. The joy that I feel from watching a new or seasoned triathlete complete a race refreshes my soul and that is “Why I Tri.”

Bunny Bonnes - Thank you for your service to our community and to multi-sport!

07/28/2020
Register for the Superhero Splash and Dash DIY Event Kit!

Looking for a fun DIY race experience for your child during COVID-19? CORE Foundation is here to save the day! We’ve turned our 3rd annual Reston Youth Superhero Splash and Dash into a fun-filled “virtual’ experience with the power and excitement of our in-person event. This also means that youth anywhere in the U.S. can participate.

After registering for a DIY Event Kit, participants complete the activities for the event on their own time in the place of their choosing and still receive all of the great swag and medals that they would in a live experience. We will provide all of the tools that you will need to create your own event experience at home including a cape, a medal, finish line tape, chalk, superhero crafts, a Safe Sport activity book, crayons or colored pencils, and all of the instruction that your child needs to be a superhero athlete!

So, how does a Virtual DIY Event work? The traditional Superhero Splash and Dash features a swim-run-fun format for kids ages 5-15.

No pool? No problem! Substitute the swim with your “athlete’s choice” of activity. Your young superhero will swim (hopscotch, bike, playing catch, etc.…) and then run the suggested distance based on their age anytime between August 22nd and September 8th on your chosen Event Day in the place of your choosing. Your young athlete may even have so much fun that they decide to race again and again! The point is to have fun and get moving and have them feel fantastic about their achievement.

Parents or older siblings can map out distances by using a smartphone or sports watch. The event will focus on participation rather than competition and making every athlete feel like a superhero.

A $35 fee includes a DIY Event Kit/Swag. The first 50 registrants will also receive a BOCA 2019 Splash and Dash trucker hat. A $10 USAT one-day membership fee (unless your child is already a member) is required.

There are two ways to receive your Virtual DIY Event Kit.

Pick it up on Saturday, August 22nd at Chick-fil-A North Point Village from 9 - 12. You'll have a chance to have your questions answered and be greeted by your favorite superhero volunteers.
If you prefer to have your packet mailed, we are offering this option for an additional fee. Packets will be mailed as soon as possible.

NOTE: If you know of a child who is financial need of a scholarship to participate in the North Virginia area, please refer them to us at [email protected]. We believe that EVERY child should have a chance to cross the finish line feeling like a superhero!

Questions? Email [email protected]

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We use a four-phase process to support our organizations. Phase 1: Concept Development. A member of our Executive Team meets with the organization to understand the idea or issue. Our legal and tax teams may also participate during this phase. This phase concludes with an internal decision that an idea or issue falls within the mission of the foundation and we should select the individual or organization as an organization. Phase 2: Business Plan. We use business principles to plan for the individual or organization’s success. This includes helping the organization develop a budget, put together a core group of people to lead the initiative and create a schedule for the initiative. This phase ends with the decision to invest resources into the organization. Phase 3: Organization Support. We support our organization organizations in a variety of ways as they begin work on their initiative. We have vendor relationships, volunteer resources, marketing capabilities and financial resources that help the organizations we support. A member of our executive team reviews submitted materials with internal and, at times, external resources and works with our organizations to refine their plan. Phase 4: Develop and Grow. During the life of the organizations the executive sponsor and organization work together and keep in close communication to understand progress and the challenges of ongoing work. Some of our organizations want to grow their contributions to the initiatives they support, others are happy to do good work year in and year out under our umbrella and others look to graduate from our support to become their own 501c3. We support all of these goals. We maintain consistent communication and invite our organizations to share feedback early and often. At the end of each year, the organization will work with a foundation executive to submit an annual report that summarizes the results achieved and lessons learned.

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We promised a “fun” medal and here ya go! These multipurpose as a bottle opened have been ordered! Thank you Lake Anne Brew House for the SUP CUP theme! If you procrastinated to register, please sign up for the waitlist following the event link and click on the registration tab. This is going to be so much fun! We can’t wait to meet our participants!
Thank you to our generous donors for making a difference. We love receiving messages like this!